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olice are calling for witnesses to two horrific car crashes at the weekend, one of which claimed a life. A person died following a two-car crash in East Tamaki on Saturday night. Police and other emergency services attended a car crash on Te Irirangi Drive, in the northbound lane about 500m north of Accent Drive. One person was trapped and died a short time later despite staff commencing CPR, police said. Meanwhile on Sunday morning emergency services attended a serious crash in Pakuranga involving two cars. Ti Rakau Drive was blocked in both directions following the incident at the intersection at Edgewater Rd. There were a number of injuries. The Serious Crash Unit is investigating both crashes. Police are seeking witnesses to the two crashes. The first crash occurred on Saturday May 12 at about 11pm on Te Irirangi Road between Smales Road and Accent Drive. “The crash involved a white Mazda Familia driving on the wrong side of the road and colliding head on with another vehicle,” police said in a media statement. Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the Mazda being driven around this time. “In particular there are a number of reports of near misses with other vehicles,” police said. “If you have any information which may assist our enquiries, please contact Constable Gabrielle Griffiths, Counties Manu-

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kau Serious Crash Unit on 021 192 1542 and reference file number 180513/1846. The second crash occurred on Sunday May 13 at about 9:25am on Ti Rakau Drive at the intersection with Edgewater Drive. The crash involved a black BMW 745I and a black Honda Civic. Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen these two vehicles being driven around

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Community vital to push tourism forward Local residents and community groups – like businesses - play a vital role in the success of East Auckland Tourism’s future, the organisation’s chairperson Charmaine Chapman told an audience in Beachlands on Monday. Chapman was addressing an open meeting at Te Puru Community Centre. East Auckland Tourism’s marketing and communications manager Bo Burns and website designer Britta Saxer also spoke to a group of local business people on the night, a follow-up to a similar meeting in Howick recently. Attendees also received a sneak preview of the new website as well as membership options for businesses. “With local spend from Howick residents representing over 60 per cent of spend within Howick, a significant percentage of this spend would also be in mainstream consumer goods at local supermarkets by mostly local residents,” Chapman said. “We want to raise awareness among local residents as well as those in other regions and overseas tourists – (they) are all on our radar.” Local residents will become better-informed hosts to their overseas visitors, said Chapman. “We aim to develop strong collaboration with the tourism industry, public sector and the community which will be vital to our success.” East Auckland Tourism was created last year. “We have a long road still ahead of us and many of the issues, such as our transportation problems, are beyond our capability and control. “This is where we need the Local Board and Auckland Transport and MPs to do something about it. Our job will be to continue to raise the issue with them.” ➤➤For more information or to share ideas with East Auckland Tourism, email Bo Burns sales@ eastaucklandtourism.co.nz

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hat is your opinion on state homes being converted to P Labs?” one local asked Leader of Opposition Simon Bridges on his visit to east Auckland. “What is the criterion for people who have converted their homes to P Labs being given new accommodation in state housing after they have ripped their house down? How do you feel about the present government going soft on crime? The view amongst some is that gangs are friendly motorcycle clubs. What are your thoughts on the coalition government wanting to reduce the prison population by 30 per cent?” Here at the invitation of Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross, it was Mr Bridges’ fourth public meeting of the day. Meeting hundreds of people and facing a barrage of questions can be exhausting but the MP for Tauranga has his training wheels on for leading the country as Prime Minister in 2020. Reaching out to locals, he was in Howick last Friday for a SuperBlues - the National Party’s Advisory Group for Senior Citizens - meeting which was packed to the capacity. From meth contaminated homes to pressing housing issues, education, infrastructure, healthcare, the demise of the Maori Party, he answered a volley of questions. “I don’t mean to be all doom and gloom but when an economy is moving backwards, it is a big concern,” he said. “As a country, we all worked hard over nine years to reverse the 35,000 per year brain drain to Australia. We’ve seen wages growing at twice the rate of infla-

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said: “I met my wife when we were studying at Oxford and the first time she told her parents about me she said she was going out with a nice Japanese guy.” The National Party leader later spoke to the Times about meeting dignitaries and world leaders like Barrack Obama, Tony Blair, Prince William and Prince Harry and taking a page out of their books. Talking about the former US President he said “he was very warm and real”. “I liked his speech, he spoke a lot about his children and his desire for them to be good caring adults,” said the politician of Maori and European heritage who grew up in West Auckland. On a more light-hearted note he added: “I find that all the foreign dignitaries I have met have one thing in common. They are all very tall, lean and more angular than you think. “We in New Zealand don’t make very tall politicians, do we,” he laughed.

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Fraudster escapes jail sentence ■■By Nick Krause Tony Bull had been mates with Paul Dyson for five decades. They’d been at Owairoa Primary School in Howick together and eventually became electrical contracting business partners, working together at Dyson and Bull for 30 years. And Paul’s wife Barbara was a part of the close-knit team. Tony and his wife Christine even went on holidays with the Dysons. There was a bond, a very strong friendship. So when hundreds of thousands of dollars could not properly be accounted for, Mr Bull felt betrayed. Barbara Dyson was sentenced this year in the Auckland District Court to eight months’ home detention for stealing $68,000 from the company. In the end, the misuse of funds over many years ended with the company Dyson & Bull collapsing. Judge EM Thomas in his judgment of February 16 alluded to a “background of obviously a lot more that went on with extremely serious consequences for the company. Not just for the

company. For Mr Bull, and also for you and your husband”. Mrs Dyson had already paid Mr Bull $460,000 following mediation. “It was ony then that your activities in relation to these transactions and others was discovered and you entered into a settlement with Mr Bull and the IRD,” Judge Thomas said. The two separate settlements totalled $760,000. “This is deliberate dishonest behaviour and that is what you have pleaded guilty to,” Ultimately Mrs Dyson had been left in control of the records and the payments and had access to everything needed to control both. “Between 2006 and 2014 when the company was wound up, you illegitimately used company funds to pay your own personal costs,” the judge said. “There was certainly a period of several years where you simply, dishonestly took money from the company to pay your own personal costs. Often that would be accompanied with deliberately putting false entries in the system to cover up what you had done.”

Mrs Dyson was lucky to escape jail. In his sentencing deliberations, Judge Thomas set a starting point of two years’ imprisonment. He acknowledged she had no previous convictions and had paid a significant settlement. Meanwhile Christine Bull said the company split because her husband realised “something was happening and they started pushing him away”. Since the discovery they have been dealing with the fallout from the deception. “Time is priceless because it cannot be replaced,” Mr Bull said. “All because of their greed, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in the last few years dealing with everything. “(There’s been) the sleepless nights, the whole trust breakdown which will forever have me doubting people’s true intentions, which is a crying shame.” Mrs Dyson was the only one charged. “Now the record will be set straight and their true characters known,” Mr Bull says. A prosecution – and mediation - has taken around four years. “It’s sad really – that’s the arrogance of them...never again.”

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Stamp Club

We are holding our next meeting on Thursday 17 May in the St. Andrews Church Hall at 7.30pm. The guest speaker is Michael Hill of the North Shore Club. The topic

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All women are welcome to attend this uplifting and enlightening ‘Rise Up My Beloved’ Women’s Conference on Saturday 19 May, 9am-4:15pm. The event will feature three amazing speakers. For info and registrations visit www. stcolumba.org.nz/beloved or phone 274-4864.

RSA Women’s Section

Howick RSA Women’s section meets on Friday, May 25 at 10am at the club. Come along and enjoy the friendly atmosphere, entertainment and a cuppa. Bring your money for the trading table. Donations of fresh food would be appreciated. Everyone is most welcome. For more information, phone Bev Smith 534-9285.

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Tuesday 29th May at 10am. The event will feature guest speaker Agnes Phiri and be followed by a shared lunch. Held at Glenhouse, 6 Glenside Avenue, Pakuranga Heights. For more information contact Annette Sharp, President - sa_sharp@xtra.co.nz.

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Citizens Advice Bureau Pakuranga is organising a free workshop on ‘ Starting a New Business in NZ’ on 21st May 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm at Howick Local Board Meeting Room, Library Building, 7 Aylesbury Street, Pakuranga. The workshop will be facilitated by Sudhir Sagar from IRD and will discuss Business Structures, Tax Rates, Income Tax,Business Expenses, Employing Staff etc. A light lunch will be provided. Registrations are essential. For registrations contact Vani by phone or text 021 459 520 or email at settlement.pakuranga@ cab.org.nz This is a free community noticeboard for non-profit groups. Please email notices to bot@times.co.nz. While every effort is made to run the notices, volume and space restrictions may mean events may not run. Where publication of a notice is time-critical, groups should consider paying for a classified advertisement to ensure placement.

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Petition to bring back old bus routes ■■By Therese Henkin

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difficult, and then AT tell me the new network is more successful,” she says. The university student says the bus connections are unreliable and she often finds herself having to

wait for a connecting bus because the bus is too full of passengers or running late. Tarapore says Cockle Bay has been completely left out of what was pre-

viously one of the most popular bus routes - the 550. While she does have the option of catching a bus from Howick to her home on Pah Road, she says this bus only runs every hour during nonpeak times meaning it rarely fits in with her bus schedule. Tarapore reached out to her local MP Simeon Brown, who recently held a public meeting where locals could speak directly with AT about transport concerns in east Auckland. The meeting had a turnout of around 200 local residents, many of whom expressed dissatisfaction with the new bus timetables and routes. A Half Moon Bay resident who didn’t want to be named says she now has to take three buses to get into Auckland City. “I think Bucklands Beach, Half Moon Bay and Howick have completely fallen off AT’s map and its unacceptable,” she says. Tarapore said she decided to start the petition after seeing how “ignorant” AT was at the public meeting. “They just kept saying bus usage had increased, and weren’t listening to the people who were now having

to walk 20-40 minutes to their nearest bus stop, or transferring buses multiple times, or simply choosing to drive rather than deal with public transport,” she says. “I hope this petition shows just how many east Aucklanders from basically every area are being disadvantaged.” Tarapore says she hopes AT will reinstate the 550 bus route from Cockle Bay to Britomart and the 552 bus route from Bucklands Beach to Britomart. AT spokesperson James Ireland says the new bus network will undergo a routine review in June or July of this year, six months after it was introduced, but says it’s unlikely to result in whole routes being reinstated. “The new network is designed with more frequent, shorter services that provide better links to rapid transport such as trains, busways and ferries which are unencumbered by regular traffic,” he says. “It’s more likely that any changes made will be tweaks to the timetables rather than changing whole bus routes.”

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Opinions divided on regional fuel tax ■■By Therese Henkin Dozens of locals say the Auckland Council’s Regional Fuel Tax (RFT) will be detrimental to those in lower income brackets. A public consultation was held at the Pakuranga Bowling Club on Thursday evening where residents shared their views with Mayor Phil Goff. Goff said Auckland’s transport and congestion problems are a result of the city’s rapid growth with not enough investment in infrastructure. The RFT of 10c per litre would generate another $1.3 billion dollars to put into various transport projects over the next 10 years. He says this would help create improved bus services, build more walkways and cycleways and help improve road safety to give people alternative options to driving. “It’s not going to cure all, but it is going to help us make public trans-

port a more attractive option for people which will help ease congestion in Auckland,” Goff says. The biggest concerns of the residents were that the fuel tax would have the most impact on lower income residents. “People who earn less have less efficient vehicles which use the most petrol, and these are the people who are going to struggle the most with this fuel tax and that’s not fair,” one resident said. Goff said fuel costs was a relatively minor contributor to struggling members of the community in comparison to rent prices and other bills. He says Auckland is facing a standstill as infrastructure improvements fail to keep up with the growing population of Auckland and to do nothing would be more detrimental. “We can’t do nothing because we are a growing city and in no time we will find ourselves completely grid-

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Doctors or Diplomats? Labour’s first Budget Today Finance Minister Grant Robertson will deliver his first Budget and the country’s books are looking healthy. Labour inherited from National a growing economy and budget surplus, and are borrowing another $10 billion while introducing a whole lot of new taxes, so there should be plenty of cash for this government. All up, they’ve got around $34 billion to spend over the next four years, yet Labour is still finding it hard to juggle all their excessive campaign commitments with the promises made to their coalition partners. Budgets are about priorities. It’s hard to be sympathetic to a Government saying it doesn’t have enough money for cheaper GP visits for hardworking families,

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when it has already spent $2.8 billion on free university for first year students and nearly a billion dollars for more diplomats and an embassy in Sweden for Winston Peters. When National left office last year the economy was in great shape with high business confidence and low unemployment. Labour has no plan to maintain New Zealand’s recent economic success and independent economists are already saying growth could halve in 18 months as a result. There is no doubt confidence will continue to go down and our economy will slow as long as the government continues to attack the industries like small businesses, and hard-working Kiwi families through poorly thought

Live music, original songs, selfies and first-time nerves – it was all part of the mix at Auckland Girls Grammar in this year’s Smokefreerockquest North Shore and Manukau heats, on Friday and Saturday. More than 700 bands and solo/duos are going through regional heats and finals in more than 20 venues from Invercargill to Whangarei between May 5 and July 6. St Kentigern College, Saint Kentigern Boys’ School and their band Factory are among the top 12 bands to play off at the Manukau regional final on Friday, June 15.

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out policies and reforms. Ahead of the budget, Labour will continue their political attacks against the previous National government on health and education, yet the reality is we made big investments every year into these two areas. Last year alone we increased health spending by $880 million a year, the highest increase in 11 years. Labour’s real problem is they promised too much, and these huge spending promises to both voters and their coalition partners are coming home to roost. Sadly, the impact of this is more likely to hurt New Zealand families than help them, and I worry about the state of our country come 2020. Simeon Brown MP for Pakuranga

Gemishka Chetty: Where do you come from? East Auckland’s multiculturalism revealed through the hyphenated identities of the children of immigrants. A part of the Arts Out East Festival, a series of workshops culminates in a photographic exhibition with an artist talk. Exhibition runs May 12–May 26 at Pakuranga Library. Artist talk: Thursday, May 17, 6:30pm.

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Changes to school zones will drive prices up: REINZ F

ollowing the recent announcement that a number of popular public Auckland high schools – Macleans College amongst them - are proposing to stop out-of-zone applications, the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) believes these changes could further drive up house prices in already expensive areas. School zoning is already something that parents of school-aged children take into significant consideration when looking to purchase a property, with many looking to move specifically into a set school zone in order to get their children

into a preferred school, Bindi Norwell, chief executive at REINZ said. This move is likely to see even focus on school zones that there already is in Auckland. “As Auckland continues to experience unprecedented population growth, we understand that ending out-of-zone applications may be a necessity given the growth schools are facing,” Norwell said. “However, given the upwards pressure on prices of buying in a popular school zone, our concern is that this will place even more pressure on some of those areas, further adding to unaffordability issues

Macleans College has around 300 applicants for the out-of -zone ballot each year; insert, Macleans College principal Steve Hargreaves. Photo mapio.net / Insert Times photo Wayne Martin

for people to send their children to some of these popular schools. There is usually a premium for schools in so-called ‘good’ school zones and this is evidenced when sales comparisons are made between different areas. For example, the Auckland region median price for the three months ending March 2018 increased by 21.4 per cent over the past three years. Comparatively, looking at top school zones over the same period, the median growth rates were as follows: ■■ Auckland Grammar 11.7 per cent ■■ Mount Albert Grammar School

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time on travel to the city, she said. They’re also prepared to sacrifice views for a quicker commute time. Macleans College principal Steve Hargreaves told the Times the school has around 300 applicants for the out-of -zone ballot each year. This year the school took 21. “Our stance is that we take a small number in the ballot,” he said. “This provides some choice for families and this has also given us control over the roll size.  We have had to reduce our ballot intake.” Further, the school has about 300 international students on campus at any given time.

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23.7 per cent ■■ Rangitoto College 35.2 per cent ■■ Westlake Boys 12.6 per cent ■■ Glendowie College 28.3 per cent ■■ Western Springs College 30.2 per cent ■■ Macleans College 10.9 per cent. “These figures show just how popular some of these school zones are - especially those that have a good proximity to the Auckland CBD and are close to transport links/infrastructure,” said Norwell. Considerations of Auckland’s traffic has become of increasing importance and many buyers would rather pay a premium for location to save

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Thrilling suspense at HLT REVIEW The house By the Lake

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College presents Miss Saigon ■■By Kelly Teed Take a step back to the last days of the Vietnam War this week as one of the world’s most beloved musicals, Miss Saigon, comes to life on the stage of Macleans College. Follow the story of 17-year-old Kim (Jackie Liu), as she is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer (Hamish Regan). There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris (Diego Santos), only to be torn apart by the fall of Saigon. With a cast of 40 and a number of comprehensive costume changes, along with a live orchestra there’s no doubt it will be a truly magical masterpiece. It’s a performance of epic proportions and the cast is aware of the scale of the piece but they’re more confident than ever that they can pull it off. Rehearsals have been underway since the beginning of February, but the cast received script material in November last year and have been hard at work in their own time since then. Diego says as actors, they’ve needed to take a mature approach to the play. “It’s different from other plays because this is such an epic piece [and] most of the events are inspired from

real events. Every scene stands out by itself – you could put any single song, no matter how small or short you could put it by yourself and it would still be an outstanding piece of work.” The intimate performance space of the school’s Colin Prentice auditorium hasn’t stopped the impressive set design – including a helicopter and a dragon - which was all made on school grounds. Director of Performance Music, Steve Miles says it’s been an added challenge to make the adult content show family friendly and suitable for a high school audience – but the cast has risen to the occasion. “It’s an epic production - to put it on in a school environment is a big deal. “You’re dealing with themes and emotions that most, if not all of the cast would never have experienced or even come close to experiencing so for these guys to put themselves in character and justify the role they’re playing and make it believable...that’s a big challenge for these guys and one they’re really stepping up to.” ➤➤Don’t miss Miss Saigon at Macleans College which runs until Saturday May 19, adults $25, students and pensioners $20, trybooking.co.nz.

➤➤Written by: Hugh Mills (1954) ➤➤Directed by: Andrew Gordon ➤➤Reviewed by: Kelly Teed ➤➤Times rating: HHHH Howick Little Theatre’s latest production has it all – a thrilling storyline, strong characters, strong actors and a brilliant set. I was certainly on the edge of my seat during Sunday’s matinee performance of The House By The Lake, directed by Andrew Gordon. Set in the 1950s, the play follows a professionally discredited doctor (Hamish Stevens) and his sister (Bess Brookes) who plan to eliminate their half brother, Colin (Andrew Johnson), the cause of their present poverty and misery, and start life again in another country. However, of course it all goes wrong when Colin’s unhappy wife (Julie Gunn) is also prompted to murder him, so when his body is found beneath the broken ice of the lake, it’s not easy to know who is responsible. While I’m full of praise for the entire cast, I was particularly impressed by Natasha Keene in the role of Janet Holt. Keene began with a strong stage presence and maintained it throughout the play. I enjoyed watching her character develop through-

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CONCERT

Where everybody can sing T

he Choir in Howick, a local community initiative, is performing its first concert on Saturday, May 19. What makes the choir so special is that it’s made up of local residents who can sing, or want to sing, but haven’t had the confidence to do so in the past. Musical director Kate Bell believes everybody can sing. “It’s like learning to drive, you just need to practice. Everyone can get a licence to sing, the singing part is easy, we actually spend most of our time helping people with their confidence and finding their voice, because we believe everyone has one,” she said. Kate and her choir leaders from the other branches (Stonefields, Newmarket, Mt Eden and, coming soon, Hobsonville Point and Titirangi), help build members’ confidence through singing visualisation workshops to help prepare before a performance event.

Stonefields & Howick Choir members supporting first-time performance members. (From left) Co-founder of The Choir and membership director Melonie Roberts , Bobbie-Jo Moss Howick member, Andy Bolt Stonefields member, Karina Sue Stonefields member, Dawn Elliott Howick member, Kate Bell co-founder and musical director, Sarah McNabb Howick Choir leader. Photo Matt Maingay

“One member nearly didn’t join, and sat outside the hall in his car, frozen with nerves. A year later, he has tenor potential,” said Melonie.

Roberts, The Choir membership director, hears all the time about some of the transformation members go through, after joining.

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Tom Sawyer brought back to life Travel back in time to 1840s Missouri with Howick Children’s and Youth Theatre. The adventures of Tom Sawyer are coming to life through a cast of 30 children aged between 9 and 14 years. The family favourite story follows the adventures of an imaginative and mischievous Tom growing up along the Mississippi, based on the 1876 novel by Mark Twain. The cast, directed by Kelly Raos and Fiona Bailey has rehearsed for six hours a week for eight weeks in order to prepare and can’t wait to show off their skills. Orlando Meadows, 13, says he likes playing Tom Sawyer because “I like doing the accent and how he’s come from a rough background and gets up to mischief a lot,” while Bailey Livingston who plays Tom’s best friend Huckleberry Finn says the biggest challenge of the char-

The Choir tries to make it as easy as possible for people to join in. They have a no-auditions policy, and set list that works for everyone’s voice

range. The May 19 performance at All Saints Church in Howick includes songs from Coldplay, African songs, Maori Waiata, Finnish songs, gospel and even some 17th century tunes to round it all up. Kate said members – there are 50 – of The Choir from Howick branch are feeling a bit nervous with their upcoming concert. For many of them it’s a first time performing in public. To ease their nerves, The Choir Stonefields members – all 100 of them - are joining in on May 19 to provide support to the new group and perform a few numbers as a mass choir. “The Choir folk who join come from all walks of life, and ages and they tend to bond quickly,” said Kate. “They enjoy the sense of community and confidence they build over time. Initially people think it’s only for good singers, they soon realise it’s a place for everybody to sing.”

$1000 for Riverina Riverina School was in for a pleasant surprise last week when they had the president of Women’s section, RSA Mt Wellington, Phillipa Mackinven accompanied by vice president Elizabeth Apeliala visit them to present a cheque of $1000. The donation was made to help the school continue to

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Left to right, Olivia Ellis, Orlando Meadows and Bailey Livingston are all starring in HCYT’s upcoming production of Tom Sawyer. Times photo Wayne Martin

acter is remembering all the lines. Twelve-year-old Olivia Ellis who plays Tom’s girlfriend Becky Thatcher is somewhat of a professional – she’s been performing since she was 7. “I have been in four productions so far. I like all the different stories and making them come to life on the stage.”

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he number of properties sold in April 2018 across New Zealand increased by 6.6 per cent compared to the same time last year, the highest year-on-year increase the real estate industry has seen in 23 months according to the latest data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ. In April, 6368 houses were sold across the country in comparison to 5973 in April 2017. However, the number of properties sold in New Zealand excluding Auckland increased by 8.4 per cent year-on-year (from 4,163 in April 2017 to 4514 in April 2018) due to the sales increase in the Auckland market being a more moderate 2.4 per cent increase (from 1810 sales in April 2017 to 1854 house sales in April 2018).

Regions with the largest increase in sales year-on-year were:

■■West Coast – up 50 per cent from 22 sales to 33 – the highest number of sales for the

month of April in 5 years ■■Southland – up 36.1 per cent from 119 sales to 162 ■■Marlborough – up 30.8 per cent from 65 sales to 85 ■■Nelson – up 30.1 per cent from 73 sales to 95 ■■Manawatu/Wanganui – up 22.7 per cent from 326 sales to 400. Bindi Norwell, chief executive at REINZ says: “The last time there was an annual increase in the number of properties sold that was this strong, was in May 2016. “It’s a pleasing result for the industry that we’ve had three out of four months of 2018 seeing positive year-on-year volume increases suggesting that the market is in a good position. “Across the country, 12 out of 16 regions saw a year-onyear increase in the number of properties sold, with seven of those regions experiencing double digit growth highlighting what a strong month April was. The only regions not to see an annual increase were Gisborne, Taranaki, Wellington

and Otago – this is likely down to the fact that all four regions saw a decrease in the availability of listings rather than being a result of a subdued market,” continues Norwell.

House prices across NZ continue to climb

The median house price for New Zealand rose 1.9 per cent in April 2018 to $550,000 up from $540,000 in April 2017 and median prices for New Zealand excluding Auckland increased by 5.7 per cent yearon-year to $460,000 – the exact same figure as the previous month. Median prices for Auckland decreased marginally by 0.6 per cent to $850,000 (down from $855,000 in April 2017). The REINZ HPI which actors in changes within the property mix (e.g. price bands and house size), saw an increase of 0.9 per cent yearon-year for Auckland, showing that prices are holding up in the region. ➤➤Turn to page 14

Across the country, 12 out of 16 regions saw a year-on-year increase in the number of properties sold, with seven of those regions experiencing double digit growth highlighting what a strong month April was.

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“I had a kitchen space I didn’t like. It was a 90s kitchen in beige and way too dark,” she says. “I knew I wanted a particular wall to come down, a better layout and get rid of the carpet.” A General Manager with Fusion5, Becky says that this is one time she wanted to do it all for herself so that she can come home and relax after a hard day at work. “Our last two homes were renovated with the intention of selling them but this home is for keeps. I think I will live here for another 50 years,” she laughs. Once Becky contacted Jag Kitchens, kitchen designer Megan Dyer worked with Becky on a wish list for her Bucklands Beach home. Megan was able to skilfully bring together a design that seamlessly blended contemporary with traditional.

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Fair prices and reliable service has led to repeat business, and over the years Perry has built up trust and a relationship with loyal customers who value his genuine advice and unparalleled expertise. In fact, customers who scout around for the best deal will be assured that Perry won’t be beaten in price and has specials galore on end of lines and end of rolls. Quality is another winning factor. Industry experts have recognised Botany Carpets with the Cavalier Bremworth’s Distinguished Achiever of the Year Award countless times in recognition of outstanding achievement in customer satisfaction and carpet sales. ”I’ve always focused on offering a total service – advice and impeccable workmanship together with a comprehensive range of vinyls and carpets from New Zealand’s favourite companies.” As well as being an approved Cavalier Bremworth dealer, Botany Carpets also stocks Studio, Norman Ellison, Feltex, Kensington, Irvine, Victoria and Robert Malcolm carpets. Speedy and efficient, Perry gets

➤ From page 13

April also saw three regions achieved record prices:

■ Manawatu/Wanganui – up 19.4 per cent to $305,000 (up from $255,500) ■ Nelson – up 15.8 per cent to $550,000 (up from $475,000) ■ Otago – up 19.5 per cent to $460,000 (up from $385,000). ■ Other regions that saw strong increases in price during March were Southland (up 19 per cent to $250,000), Gisborne (up 14.3 per cent to $320,000) and Hawke’s Bay (up 12 per cent to $431,250). “It’s positive to see more sales in the more affordable price brackets. We welcome the Minister of Housing’s comments earlier (last week) which outlined that the building programme for KiwiBuild ‘kicks in when the $2 billion Budget appropriation takes place on Budget day (today) and that the Government ‘would build 16,000 homes in the first three years of the KiwiBuild programme’,” says Norwell. “The KiwiBuild programme will make a significant difference to housing affordability around the country, but these homes need to be built as quickly as possible to help first home buyers and those on low incomes to be able to get a foot on the property ladder.”

straight to work from the moment a client walks in with a sample or to seek a quote. Whether it’s solution-dyed nylon, wool, vinyls or timber-look flooring, Perry has just the perfect solution for any budget and lifestyle from residential to investment and commercial properties. Although the landscape of East Auckland has changed drastically in the last few decades, Perry takes pride in the fact that he can recognise a house that has had the Botany Carpet experience. As a local he is only too happy to help local businesses with their carpeting needs. Having advertised with the Times from the very beginning, Perry says it has served him well. “I always have supported the Times because it covers our catchment area.” If you’re looking at spending thousands on your carpet replacement, do it once, do it right. Phone Botany Carpets – you will be glad you did. Botany Carpets, 2 Torrens Road (off Burswood or Ti Rakau Drs), Pakuranga/East Tamaki. Ph 273-2969. info@botanycarpets.co.nz Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-12noon. www.botanycarpets.co.nz

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FIRST XI CRICKET COACH An experienced cricket coach is required for the boys’ First XI team at Macleans College. The successful applicant will be expected to develop a programme for our elite players and prepare them to compete at the highest level. Position to commence July 2018, with remuneration by negotiation. Please send a CV and indication of interest by Monday 21st May 2018 to: Director of Sport, Macleans College, Private Bag 94201, Howick Phone 535 2620 ext 880 Email: michael.Anderson@macleans.school.nz

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An exciting opportunity for a Sports Administrator. The appointee will possess good communication/organisational skills and will be responsible for:  Setting up and packing up rugby/football fields  Opening the gym, gates and facilities for sports teams  Direct and support school teams on the day. This is a part time position 8 hours per week (from 7am until 4pm Saturday’s). Work involves school term time only and would be perfect for a sports minded University student. It is envisaged that the successful applicant would start as soon as possible. Please send a CV and indication of interest by Monday 21sat May 2018 to: Director of Sport, Macleans College, Private Bag 94201, Howick 2145 Phone: 535 2620 ext 880 Or Email: michael.Anderson@macleans.school.nz

Our school has a commitment to providing quality teaching and learning opportunities for all our students. It is expected that you will have excellent knowledge of the Technology curriculum (either in NZ or from a similar overseas system) and be familiar with e-Learning tools. You must be willing to be involved in extra-curricular activities. It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to teach up to NCEA Level 3 in a Technology related subject. We are particularly interested in anyone who can teach any of the following domains: • Construction and Carpentry • Hard Materials Technology Please indicate areas / domain of Technology expertise in your accompanying cover letter. Highly effective organisational and communication skills are a requirement. This is a full-time permanent position. Starting time is negotiable. Applications close: 1st June 2018 Please apply in writing with a current CV and cover letter via email to Principal’s Assistant Attn: Meti Soane msoane@sehc.school.nz Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Senior School P O Box 61054, Otara, Manukau 2159 Phone (09) 274 5782 ext 106

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Greats in every sense L

ike many others who have grown to appreciate them as champion sportsmen and human beings, I took immense pleasure at the bestowing of knighthoods to rugby greats Bryan ‘Beegee’ Williams and Michael Jones. I first heard of ‘Beegee’ in 1959 from my stepbrother Leo Brown who was billoted by the Williams family in Ponsonby when he represented West Coast as a centre in the 1959 New Zealand Under-15 secondary schools rugby league tournament. Red-headed Leo, whose previous claim to fame was winning a Greymouth   freckle contest, spoke glowingly of the hospitality shown him by his hosts. He also raved about Beegee’s older brother, Ken, who played on the wing for Auckland and was the best player in the tournament. “They also had this little kid who was about eight who kept challenging me to a sprint out on the street,” Leo told me. “I finally agreed and got a hell of a shock when I was forced to hit top gear to beat him.” That eight-year-old is now Sir Bryan who first hit international fame as a brilliant, side-stepping 19-year-old wing on the All Blacks 1970 tour of South Africa. Before that he played a match at centre for the Barbarians at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, against the Cantabrians when he scored two tries, his sidestep leaving the redoubtable Fer-

gie McCormick gasping air. “What a sidestep!” I remarked to my mate Fergie after the match. “Yeah and he’s bloody strong too,” said a tough character not given to praise. Employed by the Christchurch Star in the late 1960s, I once wrote that McCormick was puffing more than unfit prop Alistair ‘Hoppy’ Hopkinson in a Town versus Country match. Peeved, proud Fergi phoned me. “If you had ran as much as I did you would be puffing too.” “Yeah,’ I agreed, “except in your case you were running from every position on the field except fullback.” Upon my moving to Auckland in 1971, it was ‘Beegee’ who first took me to his beloved Barbarians Rugby Club. He remains a massive stalwart of the famous Ponsonby Rugby Club which has produced so many All Blacks and is a past president of the NZRU. Sadly, Fergie, along with the great Colin “Pinetree” Meads, has passed away, though their feats will long remain etched in the memories of those of us who treasured them. Unlike Beegee, my late stepbrother Leo, was no All Black. League, not union, was his game. He did represent West Coast, Canterbury and the South Island and toured England and France with the 1965 Kiwis, rooming with the great Roger Bailey. He scored three tries in his first two games before injuries limited his appearances.

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Upon visiting the famous Catholic shrine to Our Lady in Lourdes, France, when about to dip his hand in Holy Water, he heard the voice of Kiwis coach ‘Snow Telford’ behind him. ‘Don’t dip your finger, Leo. Throw yourself in.” Leo also won the Canterbury decathlon title, beating the talented Mene Mene who married Greymouth girl Sally Flynn who held the NZ women’s javelin record before Valerie Adams’ former coach, Kirsten Hellier, broke it. Leo finished runner-up, six points behind Auckland’s Ross Pownall, in a national decathlon championship in the absence of 1966 Commonwealth champion Roy Williams, brother of 1952 Helsinki Olympic champion, Yvette. Mene and Sally are the proud parents of netballer Bernice Mene, who is arguably the best goal defence the Silver Ferns ever produced. ➤➤Ivan Agnew is an awardwinning sports writer and author

Jimmy Zheng, part of the victorious Macleans College #1 team, finished with a creditable 69. Times photo Wayne Martin

golf

Macleans take the win at HGC The Macleans College #1 team narrowly won Monday’s Intercollegiate Tournament at Howick Golf Club. The team of Jimmy Zheng (who finished on 69), Vivian Lu (68), Connor Barker (68) and Henry Wang scored 205 (best three of four scores) to be St Kentigern College #1 (207). The team included Karl Jorgensen (71), Steven Liu (71), Kahurangi Tataurangi (72) and Tommy Liu (65).

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Fun and games on Mother’s Day.

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Community

Prayer, song and games Salvation Army Flat Bush is working hard to bring diverse communities together and give them a sense of belonging in Flat Bush. The Flat Bush Corps is a new initiative of Salvation Army Auckland, with plans of developing five acres of land at the corner of Chapel Road and Baverstock Road for a multifunctional community centre in the area. A lot of groundwork is being done by officers Ameet and Jessica Londhe as they reach out to the community with compassion and integrity. More recently, they organised a beau-

tiful service for Mother’s Day along with fun games and plenty of food at Baverstock Oaks School on Sunday night. Colonel Heather Rodwell, Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries, had a special message for all mothers present. Mothers of all ethnicities and ages gathered for prayer, song and dance, and were spoilt as they went home with special gifts. ➤➤Salvation Army Flat Bush Sunday Service is held at 5pm, Baverstock Oaks School Hall at 12 Baverstock Road. Families with young children are welcome.

A group of Asian ladies performed at the Mother’s Day event hosted by Salvation Army Flat Bush.  Times Photo Farida Master

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high tides

The council asks for our input on what they intend to do about the fuel tax etc but rubbish my submission because I choose to use the format provided by the Ratepayers Alliance. If the council is not going to accept submissions submitted this way, why are they wasting ratepayers money calling for submissions? Also where are the efficiencies that Mr Goff was going to institute before he was elected and how many staff were there before he was elected and how many are there now? Arthur Moore, Pakuranga

Goff pushing us to light rail

What is happening in America with regards to public transport is interesting and relevant to Auckland’s investment in light rail? With the growth of a wealthier middle class in America, there has been a commuter shift from public transport back to the use of a private car so much so that 87.6 per cent of Americans now commute to work by car. The rule of thumb being the wealthier a country is, the less use is made of public transport. As long as Phil Goff keeps Aucklanders poor (petrol  is one  way of doing that), commuters will use light rail. The dilemma he faces is two-fold. The sheer cost of setting up the rail network will

Macleans College and Saint Kentigern College will represent Auckland at the national final at the Palmerston North Golf Club on Monday, September 3. Five colleges competed on Monday. Kings College, St Peters College and Epsom Girls Grammar each furnished one team, St Kents had five competing and Macleans College fielded two teams.

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mean that fare will have to be extraordinarily high and have to compete with the cheaper car and especially electric vehicles (EVs) which, unlike light rail, can deliver the commuter more comfortably and directly from his or her front door to their place of work. If he manages to overcome those hurdles and he will have to place enormous road tolls on EV users to accomplish that, he  will make his light rail a resounding success. It won’t be a reflection of his vision (applying the rule of thumb) rather Labour Government policy and his taxing ways will have made the majority of Aucklanders significantly poorer. Gary Hollis, Mellons Bay

College 589, Macleans College 579. If these figures represent what is happening in schools throughout Auckland, shouldn’t council be seeking to have the number of out-of-zone pupils reduced? Who makes the decision to allow a school to take in a large number of out-of-zone pupils?  Is the Ministry of Education encouraging attendance at out-of-zone schools to avoid building new schools in areas where they are needed? As inflated school rolls can have various effects on an area, should our Local Boards be consulted about these large numbers of out-of-zone enrolments? I hope that others will provide answers to these questions. Sandra McGill, Eastern Beach

Auckland’s traffic woes

Voters being ignored

A topic being discussed at present is traffic congestion and who should pay to ease the problem. While I do not read everything that appears in front of me about Auckland’s traffic woes, little seems to have been said about the cause of the problem. I learnt from a staff member of Auckland Transport that 30 per cent of peak traffic is school traffic.  This is surely influenced by school pupils driving to or being driven to their out-ofzone schools. Last year the out-of-zone enrolments for just three schools in the Howick area were Howick College 759, Pakuranga

Before they were elected candidates for local boards, council etc were crawling all over us to get our vote but now they are elected, we are only a pain in the proverbial if we email them, and in many cases are just ignored. These people are receiving huge honorariums and are expected to communicate with people who put them in office. However now they have achieved their goal of getting into office and a nice pay cheque, the plebs who put them there can get stuffed. This does not apply to all but the vast majority. Arthur Moore, Pakuranga

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MACLEANS TAKE THE WIN ❯❯ Page 19

FOOTBALL

Ridenton signs with Jets ■ BY NICK KRAUSE

Openside flanker TJ Meleisea fends off an Otahuhu defender. Photo Brad James

RUGBY

Pak make top 8 Pakuranga United Rugby Club’s (PURC) Premiers have finished in the top eight with two games to play after a convincing performance against Otahuhu at the weekend. PURC, drawn 7-all at half time, kept Otahuhu scoreless in the second half to win 46-7. Coach Premier coach Chad Hopa said his side went away from the game plan in the first half. “A few stern words reiterating our game plan/objectives along with bringing on our heavy hitters off the bench saw us gain control

across the park,” he said. With Otahuhu’s discipline lacking, the yellow cards started to mount and Pakuranga ran out the clear winners. “Whilst happy to secure the win and a top eight spot, we need to learn to trust our systems especially going forward with last year’s Gallaher Shield champions University coming to Bell Park this weekend,” Hopa said. ■ Point Scorers: TJ Meleisea, George Taina, Samuel Shearer, Hawaii Ahokovi, Rupert Van der Pol, Michael McBeath, Penalty Try, Hawaii Ahokovi – 3 Conversions and 1 Penalty. Player of the day – Hawaii Ahokovi.

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ormer Saint Kentigern College footballer Matthew Ridenton is leaving the Phoenix after signing a two-year contract with last season’s grand final runnerup Newcastle Jets in Australia. The 22-year-old midfielder, whose parents live in Cockle Bay, has played in the All Whites shirt like his father Michael, a former football coach at St Kents. “I’m excited about the opportunity to move overseas to Australia and join the Newcastle Jets after the great season they had and I think it will help me develop as a player,” Ridenton told the Times. “I really enjoyed my five ears at the Wellington Phoenix and made a lot of friends while I was there and wish them all the best for the future,” he said. “My goals for the upcoming season are to work hard to earn my place at the Newcastle Jets and hopefully establish myself in the All

Matthew Ridenton will join the Newcastle Jets this season after a solid career with the Wellington Phoenix. Photo Goal.com

Whites by having strong season at club level.” Ridenton will renew his association with Jets coach Ernie Merrick, under whom he made his A-League debut in the 2013-14 season, the Newcastle Herald said. Ridenton played 72 games for Wellington, including 26 of their 27 games this season. Two of his four career goals

have been scored against Newcastle. “Matthew is an excellent player, and having worked with him during my time at the Phoenix I know the sort of potential he possesses as a player,” Merrick told the Newcastle Herald. “He’s also a great person and character, I have no doubt he’ll fit into the club

and the community really well. “Matt will offer plenty for us in the middle of the park, provides great depth for our squad and I look forward to seeing the contribution he can make over the next two seasons.” Ridenton joins the Jets for the start of pre-season training in June.

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